Planning a Funeral at Nativity
At Nativity Funerals focus on 4 things, reassurance as loved ones are remembered, comfort & strength as we gather in community remembering God’s promises and life together with our loved ones and lastly hope, which is the result of God’s love given to us in the life and resurrection of Jesus. Contact Pastor Glenn Seefeldt at 612-600-1817 to begin the planning process.
Step 1: Contact Pastor Glenn to begin setting date, time and place. Our pastors will make every effort to provide the service time, place and date requested. If you do not have a funeral home Pastor Glenn can make some suggestions.
Step 2: Contact Funeral home or cremation services.
Step 3: Meeting with Pastor to plan the funeral worship and lunch/refreshments if applicable. At this meeting a pastor will review time and schedule of events, worship participants, lunch/refreshment details, bible verses and music. If you do not have suggestions for music or readings from the bible, the pastor will make some suggestions.
Funeral arrangements can be overwhelming so as you prepare to meet with the pastor and other staff, some things to consider:
Many families choose to have a visitation at the church an hour prior to worship. If so we have tables, easels, and TV monitors for pictures as needed. It is suggested that going to the cemetery be done after the refreshment/lunch time or on another day.
It is helpful but not necessary to come to this meeting with an idea about the number of people who might attend, 7-14 pictures you might like used in the funeral bulletin, thoughts about using a slideshow before and after the worship, biography in the bulletin, and who if any one besides the pastor might speak at the funeral. If a slide show is desired it is the responsibility of the family to create the slide show and bring it to the church 24 hours ahead of time.
It is expected that all honorariums and fees be paid at the time of the funeral. If financial assistance is needed please speak with the pastor. Many honorariums and fees are part of pre-planned funerals. Speak with your funeral director ahead of time to determine if they are part of the pre-arrangement. An invoice for food expenses will be presented to the family on the day of the funeral. See below for a list of honorariums and fees.
Funeral Fees and Honorariums:
Below is a list of suggested fees
Your pastor will provide the names that checks should be made out to.
Pastor – $300
Organist/Pianist – $200 Instrumentalist – $200
AV technician fee – $75
Building use/custodial fee – $150 if it is outside normal church hours.
Food Service Coordinator* – $100 Nativity provides beverages and dessert. Other food items i.e. main course, salad, fruit are the responsibility of the family. The average price per person for main course, salad, fruit is $6- 10 depending on items chosen.